An ode to 2019 (and the decade)
Happy previous couple of hours of 2019 and this decade!
I believe like everyone seems to be making an enormous deal about this being the closing yr of the decade and I don’t keep in mind that being the case in 2009. Maybe I simply blacked it out, however it feels love it’s a far larger factor this time round.
Either method, it’s time to glance ahead to what 2020 has to be offering. When I checked out what I sought after 2019 to imply on January 1 closing yr, I struggled with it… most commonly as a result of after I checked out 2018, it felt like failure as a result of I spent SO a lot time excited by paintings… and now not sufficient time on what I beloved.
I promised that this yr could be other; that I might search out stability and concentrate on the issues that I beloved to do the maximum — slightly than being tied to a pc.
It took me a while (and some other activity) to get there, however I in any case discovered it. And discovered the time to focal point on what I really like to do.
I ran so much… together with 5 marathons and my 3rd ultramarathon, with quite a lot of races in between!
We fished a TON… and it used to be nice as a result of I were given a larger muskie AND pike!
I spent a while being ingenious with my yarn crafts… and ripped out numerous tasks however completed a couple of (and hit my objective of FIVE for the yr!).
And finally, I reinvigorated my love for studying… and hit 16 books for the yr (FINALLY crushing my objective of 15!)
In existence… I had to say good-bye to my mother or father lion, Apollo, on Valentine’s Day.
We were given engaged a month later!
And married six months after that.
…and had numerous different recollections alongside the method. I traveled to California, Colorado, Arizona, Texas, Wisconsin, Canada, Michigan, and Illinois.
It used to be a nice yr. Not yearly can be stuffed with ups; there are going to be some downs, some unhappy moments. But that’s what makes the nice so nice, proper?
I wouldn’t have imagined that existence seems the method it does nowadays if I had to on January 1 of this yr, let by myself January 1 of 2010.
It’s been a decade of alternate and expansion; a decade of reclaiming my existence and working out how to put myself first. I glance again to the place I used to be in January 2010 (residing in Florida and counting down the days to shifting to NYC) and I’m this type of other particular person — a happier particular person extra at peace with the place I’m in the international — and I’m SO grateful I’m the place I’m nowadays.
It wasn’t a very easy street; unquestionably now not a time in my existence that I would want on ANYONE. But the ones horrible, terrible, no-good days introduced me to the place I’m nowadays and whilst I might by no means need to relive that point in my existence, I are aware of it used to be an revel in that were given me to the place I’m nowadays.
It taught me how to respect the true which means of happiness — and that’s one thing I will be able to NEVER take as a right.
So, right here’s to a brand new yr and a brand new decade; optimistically one stuffed with much less ache and rising pains, and person who simply continues to shine as I construct recollections with the people who I really like.
Cheers to you and a brand new yr!